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What is the CDC Nepal Child sponsorship program?
The Nepal Living Standards Survey of 2010-2011 shows that the country has an adult literacy rate of 56.6%, with a huge disparity between males and females. The male literacy rate is 71.6% compared with 44.5% for women. Lack of educational opportunity is one of the main reasons for this. Many parents are unable to send their children to school due to very low incomes. The children have been obliged to work in agriculture to sustain their families. Nepal is one of the world’s poorest countries, with more than half of the population living on less than $1.25 a day. CDC Nepal has designed a child sponsorship program in the belief that small contributions of money and supplies can positively change the lives of many poor and needy children in Nepal.
How does the program work?
CDC Nepal invites applications from the poorest children at the beginning of the academic year. The CDC working committee meets and selects the needy but most talented children to recommend for sponsorship. However the priority is given to girls. CDC works with local community leaders, schools, youth clubs students as well as the local organizations in the selection process.
What does the CDC Nepal do??
The CDC provides the link between the child and the sponsors by:
Collecting the children’s photo and biographical information and sending all the information and details to the prospective sponsors.
Regularly visiting the children, their schools and parents, collecting information about their progress and updating sponsors.
Collecting the children’s progress report and sending the copies to the sponsors.
Helping the children to write letters, greeting cards and so on to their sponsors.
Who will receive support in the child sponsorship program
Girls will be given first priority.
The poorest children.
Physically and mentally handicapped children.
Children from untouchable (Dalit), low cast families.
What commitment is required from the sponsors?
CDC Nepal is concerned with making a long term impact in the children’s lives. We ask the sponsors to make a commitment to sponsor a child until the child completes grade 12.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child in Kathmandu?
The cost to sponsor a child through CDC Nepal is around $25 USD per month or $300 USD per year for each sponsored child.
When will the child begin to receive the sponsorship?
Sponsorship begins as soon as the CDC Nepal receives money from the sponsor.
What does a child receive from this program? The child will receive the following:
Admission and examination fees.
Two school uniforms, shoes, school bags.
Sweater for the winter/ raincoat for the rainy season.
Books, stationery and other school supplies.
Snacks for the child
How do I get started?
You can contact the CDC Nepal Chairman Mr. Mohan Kumar Kafle and inform him that you would like to sponsor a child through CDC. Then he will choose a pre-selected child. You will receive a photo and all the detail of the child.
He will direct you on how to transfer funds for the child and will be available to answer all your questions pertaining to the sponsorship program.
How can I track the progress of the child I sponsor?
At the end of each school term every sponsor will receive (via postal mail) the following items relating to the child.
A copy of the child’s school report
A letter from the child
A picture of the child
A detailed breakdown of income and expenditure for the child during the academic year
May I send gifts to my sponsored child?
Yes! All gifts can be sent directly to CDC Nepal. Please send any gifts via mail to the following address:
How can I communicate with my sponsored child?
Frequent contact between the child and the sponsor is encouraged. It establishes contact with the child you choose to sponsor and lets him/her feel loved. You can communicate through letters mailed to the above address or e-mail. E-mails will be printed by the project director and delivered to the child.
What Volunteer opportunities are included in our program?
CDC Nepal offers educational volunteering opportunity for interested people around Kathmandu of Nepal. The program aims to improve the level of English of students studying at government schools in Kathmandu, where most the students of the poorest families have been studying. The students will have an opportunity to communicate with the English speaking people and improve English.This program will also help the English teachers improve their English language teaching skills.
Our volunteer will also go to an orphanage entitled Sarita children Home in the morning or in the evening and help the kids in doing their homework, paly with them etct
What are our expectations?
You need to be able to speak and write English fluently.
We expect you to be respectful to our children, staff, and overall Nepali culture.
We will ask you to help with our community-based tourism program
What can you expect from us?
We provide you with accommodation, food breakfast, boiled water, tea etc in a reasonable price per day
We will encourage and support you in any new projects or creative activities that you want to implement at the orphanage to enhance the lives of the children.
What is the length of stay?
To minimize the frequency of staff changeover, we hope you commit to a minimum stay of at least two weeks to ensure the psychological and emotional stability of the children. We have found that the kids require an adjustment period with newcomers. However, we are able to accommodate guests who wish to volunteer for shorter periods.
How much does it cost?
We can manage food and accommodation at our own house( Home Stay accommodation ) for a reasonable price. We will provide you a room and bed to sleep, Dal Bhat( Nepali food), tea, breakfast, snacks and boiled water to drink etc.
Where can I apply for the volunteering work?
Please contact us for more information